New York City, 2008
In December 2008 Carol and Ron took a one week train trip to New York City. Ron had not been there since he had been a kid, but Carol had visited several times on business trips. She claimed it was a lot nicer than it used to be in the 70s. She was right! They did a little touring, but mostly visited museums. Also they went to see ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Wonderful!
Washington DC - In Newport News, Ron and Carol got on a diesel powered train. The locomotive was switched to an electric in Washington. This locomotive (pictured) was really fast and hit 125 MPH (200 KPH) in several places from there to NYC.
The Cloisters (from Fort Tryon Park) - At the very top of the island of Manhattan is The Cloisters. This recreation of a medieval monastery was built by John D. Rockefeller to house the medieval collection of the Met. (That is the Hudson River in the background.)
The Cloisters - One of the ancient rooms built into The Cloisters, this is a 12th century apse from France.
Rockefeller Center - Being there so near Christmas, Carol was able to find some Christmas lights. Question: How can they be so bright if they are unplugged?
Near the Met - Carol came across these three bears in a park next to the Met. The center bear took a real liking to Carol. Or maybe it was a licking?
('Group of Bears' by Paul Manship, 1989)
American Museum of Natural History -The 'small' front limbs from a Deinocheirus Mirificus ("terrible hands") dinosaur. Boy, did they label that one correctly.
The Battery - As seen from the Staten Island Ferry at sunset. Painfully missing are the World Trade Center buildings.
From the Met: Sphinx of Hatshepsut - Dynasty 18 (1460BC) - Anything left of the female pharoah Hatshepsut is rare. Most of her statues were smashed to 'remove' her from the records.
From the Met: Hathor - A particularly beautiful face of Hathor. (About 40cm tall.)
From the Met: Veiled Dancer - Greek (20.5cm) - Believed to be from Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. Spectacular statue of a dancer completely veiled except for her eyes. Ron and Carol liked it so much they bought a copy, the last one they had.
Times Square - Two of NYPD's finest taking time out to visit with Carol.